Spring rains buoy cattle ranchers’ outlook

April 25, 2018

Recent spring rains that have boosted grass growth on rangelands also have improved the outlook for California ranchers, many of whom are still trying to rebuild their herds in the aftermath of the state's multi-year drought.


But some remain apprehensive about expanding too much, spooked by another dry winter that increased their feeding costs and forced some to make difficult management decisions. For now at least, Mother Nature has averted a disaster, they say.


Looking at the condition of pastures in his region, Calaveras County rancher Michael David Fischer said there should be enough natural grass for grazing cattle until about June.


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